The Crystal Healer – Crystal Magic-

The Crystal Healer: Crystal Prescriptions that Will Change Your Life Forever Book Cover The Crystal Healer: Crystal Prescriptions that Will Change Your Life Forever
Philip Permutt
New Age
Cico Books
2007, 2016
Physical paperback
144
Publisher (Cico Books)

Crystal therapy has long been used as a gentle system of holistic healing. By drawing on the unique qualities of crystals such as quartz and amethyst, you can balance the energy fields around your body, home and office to bring well-being, and gain health benefits. Crystals can help soothe emotional problems such as anxiety, mood swings, or shyness, as well as physical symptoms such as migraines and allergies. In addition, crystals can act as natural energy boosters and aid in detoxifying our systems. With crystal remedies for more than 250 common ailments and a directory of 250 crystals, as well as detailed explanations of the most effective healing methods, this book is the ultimate guide to healing with crystals. Illustrated with color photographs, and supplemented with practical exercises and case studies, The Crystal Healer is the ultimate practical reference from a highly respected healer and teacher.

Let’s start healing!

I have many, many books on crystals. Some of them are simply books on the different types of crystals and their healing properties, that only brush on different ways to use them. Others, however, like The Crystal Healer by Philip Permutt go into extensive detail on how to use those crystals to heal different ailments. Many people say that crystals emit vibrations that can affect the human body in positive ways. However, something that I admired greatly is that The Crystal Healer admits that science has not proven the assertions many people make. That being said, it’s my belief that crystals can have healing properties and so, too, does the author.

How the book is set up

The first section prepares you for crystal work. The next section guides you through using them. Then, partway through the book the different types of crystals are presented with their healing properties. The different crystals are organized by color, starting with Quartz because of how easy it is to obtain and how many different uses it has. I was thrilled at how “The Crystal Finder” was organized because it helped me identify the many crystals that I have. Other crystals books simply organize the different rocks by their most commonly known names, which makes it incredibly difficult to find the crystal I’m looking for.

There isn’t just one way to work with crystals

The Crystal Healer provides a blueprint for different ways of working with the crystals. One I was very excited to come across was working with the crystals and your Chakras. It’s something I have yet to do, because I’ve been waiting to use them with another person. The book, however, said that instead of placing the crystals on your body, it’s possible to put the crystals around your body and experience the same healing vibrations as if they were laying on your body.

All the crystal books I’ve read so far touch on the idea of making crystal elixir. While I haven’t had a strong inclination to do so, I’m considering making them for myself. I was glad to see that Philip Permutt gives you less invasive ways to make the crystal-charged water. For instance, he says that instead of placing the crystal directly into the water you intend to charge with your crystal, you can put it in a container holding the crystal inside of the water which you will be drinking.

It kept going!

I was pleased to find that The Crystal Healer didn’t end with the Crystal finder. Rather, it ended with a chapter providing more crystal remedies for the reader to try. Philip Permutt suggests crystals for various ailments of both the body and the mind, and offers different ways to work with the crystals. For instance, if you’re trying to combat the mental and emotional symptoms associated with aging, you could place rose quartz crystals into a normal bath.

Who would this book suit?

The Crystal Healer is a book that goes more in depth than simply naming the crystals and their various uses. Philip Permutt’s book on crystals gives you instructions on how to use the crystals and helps you build a connection with them. This is an excellent book for a beginner and a step-by-step guide on different ways to work with your crystals. Although this is not the first book I’ve read on crystals, and I feel rather confident that I know how to use them, I will be referring back to The Crystal Healer throughout my life.

The Fangirl’s Guide to the Galaxy

The Fangirl's Guide to the Galaxy Book Cover The Fangirl's Guide to the Galaxy
Sam Maggs
Non-fiction, fangirl-style
Quirk Books

Fanfic, cosplay, cons, books, memes, podcasts, vlogs, OTPs and RPGs and MMOs and more—it’s never been a better time to be a girl geek. The Fangirl’s Guide to the Galaxy is the ultimate handbook for ladies living the nerdy life, a fun and feminist take on the often male-dominated world of geekdom. With delightful illustrations and an unabashed love for all the in(ternet)s and outs of geek culture, this book is packed with tips, playthroughs, and cheat codes for everything from starting an online fan community to planning a convention visit to supporting fellow female geeks in the wild.

The Fangirl’s Guide to the Galaxy is a book I’m, well, fangirling over (is that how you spell it?). Sam Maggs, the book’s author, is clearly an expert in the matter. Riddled throughout the entertaining and thorough book are one-page interviews with fangirl’s stories.

I love that Sam Maggs speaks in a language all of us geek-girls and boys speak. In The Fangirl’s Guide to the Galaxy she addresses things like speech (“I can’t even”). It also provides a field guide for all types of fangirls–from Trekkies to Potterheads–and beyond. It doesn’t matter your fandom what matters is that it matters to you and it makes you happy. She isn’t able to brush on every fandom out there, being that there are so many. (One of my major fandom is Stargate but it’s not mentioned. Doesn’t mean it’s any less valid than a Trekkie.)

While she does focus on the positive parts of being a fangirl, she also addresses the unfortunate parts of being a fangirl in a boy’s world.

Unfortunately for us girl’s the internet doesn’t like us for…

  •  being a girl…
  • a girl on existing on teh interwebs…
  • simultaneously being a girl IRL and online… (The nerve!)

That being said,

I absolutely love that The Fangirl’s Guide to the Galaxy validates our girl-geek-i-ness. Like the fact that it’s okay to dress in the slutty outfits the creators of all fandoms have forced us women in. Come on, if we’re going to be true to the character we’re going to show some skin. (NO, that does not mean we are posers.) It does NOT mean that we’re just doing it for attention. We’re doing it because that’s the image we’re given and some of us (I) don’t care if we show skin.

I’ve never been to a convention, though it is my ultimate goal to be able to attend Book Expo America (BEA). Before I delve into how to survive conventions, it’s interesting to note that she provides a list of conventions for a lot of the popular fandoms (squee!).  While, obviously, she couldn’t include everything, it was still super cool exploring what she was able to provide.

In the section titled, “Geronimo! How to Survive Conventions”, Sam Maggs outlines everything from a guide for “Flying (Han) Solo” (get it lolol get it) to hunting down tickets; and the importance of following the con’s Twitter feeds.

I am so happy Sam Maggs wrote this book to validate girls and women all around the world and teh interwebs. We need some lovin’ among all the hate and personal, sexist, and woman-hating attacks. To Sam Maggs, I form a “V” with four fingers and an outward thumb and say, “Live long and prosper…and please write more books.” The end.

Thank you Quirk Books for sending me The Fangirl’s Guide to the Galaxy: A Handbook for GIRL GEEKS. It was my pleasure.

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The Fangirl’s Guide to the Galaxy is the ultimate feminist book for geeky girls.

The Sleeping Prince (Book) Review

The Sleeping Prince Book Cover The Sleeping Prince
The Sin Eater's Daughter
Melinda Salisbury
YA Fantasy
Scholastic Press
May 31st, 2016
Hardcover
336
Publisher

Return to the darkly beautiful world of The Sin Eater's Daughter with a sequel that will leave you awed, terrified . . . and desperate for more.

Ever since her brother Lief disappeared, Errin's life has gone from bad to worse. Not only must she care for her sick mother, she has to scrape together rent money by selling illegal herbal cures. But none of that compares to the threat of the vengeful Sleeping Prince whom the Queen just awoke from his enchanted sleep.

When her village is evacuated as part of the war against the Sleeping Prince, Errin is left desperate and homeless. The only person she can turn to is the mysterious Silas, a young man who buys deadly poisons from Errin, but won't reveal why he needs them. Silas promises to help her, but when he vanishes, Errin must journey across a kingdom on the brink of war to seek another way to save her mother and herself. But what she finds shatters everything she believed about her world, and with the Sleeping Prince drawing nearer, Errin must make a heartbreaking choice that could affect the whole kingdom.

I loved that this story was set in the same universe as the first Sin Eater’s Daughter book was. It was wild to find out that the main character has such a close connection to Twylla through her brother. Because I read the first book so long ago I vaguely remembered that there was a boy named Lief, though I couldn’t remember what his significance was. I pulled out book #1 and flipped through the book until I reached the last chapter. Boom. There he was and the story made a bit more sense.

It took me a while to catch on to the fact that Twylla was not the main character in this book. I went into it expecting the book to follow her story in the after-math of her crazy adventure, so it took me about two chapters to realize that this was not Twylla. Now, I swear I’m intelligent but for the life of me I could not remember who the MC was in the first book. I had to revisit The Sin eater’s Daughter in order to orient myself.

This is a series that would best be marathoned. I still don’t remember everything that happened in The Sin Eater’s Daughter, however, I can tell you that it lacks the love triangle that the first book has, though there is a tad bit of romance that does not overshadow the plot and the strength of Errin as a young woman. She is hell-bent on saving her mother and that is an immense display of strength for a woman so young (compared to me, at least…).

The plot was fast-paced in hindsight, but the slow reading progress was a bit off-putting. I kept waiting for more to happen and it did–in the final third of the book. It was so worth the wait, though, because the ending was crazy good, what with the plot twists and all that. Almost all of the twists in the final third bit of the book were unexpected. Now, I’m quite good at reading into things, but I wasn’t good enough for this book; something which I appreciated very much. I had some suspicions but I hadn’t made up my mind that my assumptions could very well be true.

I haven’t mentioned Errin’s mother’s illness because I don’t want to give to much away, however, it makes me wonder, how far would you go to protect your family, especially when they’re dangerous? Thinking about it, I’m not sure of my answer. It’s a hard decision to make.

TL;DR?

Set in the same universe I absolutely loved in The Sin Eater’s Daughter, I was surprised at every turn and pleased to find that I was following the story of someone so connected to the MC in the first book, without the young woman, Errin, even realizing that.

 

Review: My Best Friends Exorcism

My Best Friend's Exorcism Book Cover My Best Friend's Exorcism
Grady Hendrix
YA Horror
Quirk Books
May 17th, 2016
Hardcover (like a yearbook)
336
Quirk Books for Review

Abby and Gretchen have been best friends since fifth grade, when they bonded over a shared love of E.T., roller-skating parties, and scratch-and-sniff stickers. But when they arrive at high school, things change. Gretchen begins to act . . . different. And as the strange coincidences and bizarre behavior start to pile up, Abby realizes there’s only one possible explanation: Gretchen, her favorite person in the world, has a demon living inside her. And Abby is not about to let anyone or anything come between her and her best friend. With help from some unlikely allies, Abby embarks on a quest to save Gretchen. But is their friendship powerful enough to beat the devil?

My Best Friend’s Exorcism: A Story of True Friendship and Fear

I reviewed a book by this author through Quirk Books some time ago. It wasn’t my fave but it was still plenty creative and entertaining. This book, however, is now one of my faves. My Best Friend’s Exorcism‘s title doesn’t look serious at all; however, this book is scary as fudge. If I’m going to read a horror book, I expect it to be plenty scary. It’s one of my favorite genres and I want to be so scared I have to carry the dog when I go to the bathroom at night.

My Best Friend’s Exorcism‘s title says it all. It follows the story of two friends, Abby and Gretchen, through childhood, and high school and the love they have to each other. The MC doesn’t give up on her friend, even when the demon possessing her tries to ruin the Abby’slife and those around her. This story is about true friendship in spite of terrible things one does.

I’m going to split this book review up in a few sections now to make this an easier read:

The plot:

It starts out slow, really really slow. So slow I almost considered putting the book down, if Quirk Books hadn’t given it to me for review, of course. But I kept trudging along and soon it got scary enough to make me fear having to take the long trek next door to the kitchen. While the demon in Gretchen starts out as just a terrible person, a phone call gave me chills.

The plot accelerates quickly enough after Gretchen changes and ends with a conclusion that I didn’t expect. After reading the other book by this author, Horrorstor, I was not expecting a story like this. It made me want to re-read the first book, and once I finish my ARCs, I think I’ll do just that.

The Characters & Character Development:

The story begins with the start of Gretchen and Abby’s unlikely friendship and goes throughout the years quickly, leading up to the present. The title gives away the fact that Abby’s best friend will go through an exorcism, so it’s no surprise that Gretchen goes through the changes that take place. What got me in the feels is that Abby stuck fast by her friend, never giving up on the friend she cared so deeply about.

The Writing Quality of My Best Friend’s Exorcism:

The writing quality was exponentially more pleasing than the first.. The author’s voice developed since Horrorstor and was easy to follow. I’m not a huge fan of books where the author forces complexity into their writing and so this book was easy to follow. It wasn’t full of “big words”, nor did it leave too much to the imagination. Sometimes that’s nice, not having to work when you’re reading. In fact, that’s the type of reading I prefer.

You’ll note about the details of the book, and my rating, which is quite high. Do check out Horrorstor, if only for the comical effects of the book, after reading this one. Thank you Quirk Books for le book. It was my pleasure reading for you and my followers. <3

 

The League of Regrettable Superheroes

The League of Regrettable Superheroes Book Cover The League of Regrettable Superheroes
Jon Morris
Humor
Quirk Books
June 2nd, 2015
Hardcover
256

You know about Batman, Superman, and Spiderman, but have you heard of Doll Man, Doctor Hormone, or Spider Queen? InThe League of Regrettable Superheroes, you’ll meet one hundred of the strangest superheroes ever to see print, complete with backstories, vintage art, and colorful commentary. So prepare yourself for such not-ready-for-prime-time heroes as Bee Man (Batman, but with bees), the Clown (circus-themed crimebuster), the Eye (a giant, floating eyeball; just accept it), and many other oddballs and oddities. Drawing on the entire history of the medium, The League of Regrettable Superheroes will appeal to die-hard comics fans, casual comics readers, and anyone who enjoys peering into the stranger corners of pop culture.

The Review

The Regret is Strong in This One: The League of Regrettable Superheroes

I looked through The League of Regrettable Superheroes when I was down and/or needed a laugh and it never ceases to entertain me. My mom’s fiancee and I giggle through the book and all the regrettable superheroes. The characters Jon Morris features are truly regrettable and downright embarrassing.

When I first started reading The League of Regrettable Superheroes, I thought that it was a joke; I was under the impression that Jon Morris created all these unfortunate superhero’s but when I read the intro (something you must do!) I realized that many of these were, in fact, actually real superhero’s that were published; don’t ask me how they went public…

I don’t know how, on God’s Green Earth, these superheroes made it to print but they did and now they are featured here in The League of Regrettable Superhero’s for us to giggle at. Jon does say that a lot of these hero’s show potential to be great, with some major changes.

Jon Morris divides the sections of the book by year they were published, making it I’m torn between telling you I’d buy this book and telling you I wouldn’t.

If I’d buy The League of Regrettable Superheroes it’d be…

  • Because it gave me a million laughs, particularly “Fatman” and “Slapstick.”
  • I had the flexibility of jumping chapters and reading the page or two that came with each regrettable superhero
  • The style of illustrations mirrors comics from the 60s or so that I’ve seen in comic book shops. The pictures have the look of being drawn on comic book paper, the kind that was made to be a mass-market production to make it affordable to everyone. However, the paper this book was printed on is not even close to comic book paper; it’s thick and sturdy.
  • The creativity is endless. Fatman and Doctor Hormone, for instance, are quite unfortunate just by looking at their name.
  • The one-page comic page accompanying each character has dialogue relevant to the characters’ character.

These characters are incredibly embarrassing and I’m a fan of embarrassing (just look at my life….). I enjoyed flipping to random pages and reading all the regrettable-ness that went on. It was a pleasure to read, and an easy read at that, perfect for even the non-readers in your life.

Quirk Books, thank you for sending me this book. It’s always a pleasure to review for you <3

Happy reading, peeps!

The Sunday Post 5/15/16

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A lot has happened in my life that left my blog unattended. I’ve resigned from my position as a merch manager at my bookstore, I’ve turned in my reward points for a Barnes and Noble gift card.

As far as my book blog goes: I’ve received a bunch of ARCs from publishers through both my bookstore job and my life as a book blogger. I’ve loaded my online cart with books I really want to own but just haven’t yet and I’ve officially given up on cleaning my apartment (non sequitur much?).the crown's gamethe outliers

I also got back on Instagram though I haven’t posted much. On Twitter I’ve been a busy bee, by both defending feminists from the online any swarms of woman-hating wasps (oh, interwebs, you so funny) and retweeting contests that offer books I’m DYING to read.

I’ve been stalking all the posts about assholes selling ARCs that they got from BEA (dudes, just be happy you got to go there. This girl can’t afford to yet…) and feeling sad for the authors and astounded that any book-lover would do something like that.

I decided that I’m going to try something new since my lazy ass won’t review books as regularly as necessarily; something that I’m quite excited about (#grammarfail) because it’ll keep me posting interesting thingy-ma-bob-ers: reviews of book series that I’ve read rather than planning on reviewing individual books that I never get around to. The problem is that I read faster than I can blog so my blog has been put on the back burner, even though it’s one of the things I love most.

I’ve hit another reading slump, where my time has been devoted to Hulu, where I fry my brain cells with way too much TV. It’s to the point where I’m worried my brain won’t be able to handle reading. Which me luck, peeps, that I’ll be once again become my true self and have my head in a book and this blog.

I haven’t been following up with my reading challenges, which I believe may be part of the reason why I haven’t been reading. I was so excited to participate but then work got in the way and I totes forgot that’s what I was doing.

As for this coming week, I’m hoping to review one or two books I’ve received from publishers, starting with The Fangirl’s Guide to the Galaxy and The League of Regrettable Superheroes by Quirk Books, one of my favorite publishers of all things awkward and awesome.

I also have to get my ass in gear and keep up with all my other social media for this blog (Tumblr, Twitter, this freaking blog, Instagram, Facebook, Google + and all that jazz) because I absolutely LOVE social media and I’ve been sad that I’ve been away for this long. (To the right and the bottom of this post  you’ll find the buttons to follow my lovely self so check them and in case they’re more your thing than this.)

Keep checking back for more memes, Sunday Posts’, book hauls, and reviews! Follow me on any of the social media thingies that you are glued to, much like I am. I’m considering doing another Booktube post on my new channel (links to follow if I do act on that) so I shall keep you posted on those developments. While I love recording my reading via video, the editing process is beyond me and incredibly frustrating so I’ll probs be sticking with my written blog for the most part.

Whelp, be sure to follow me on some form of social media to keep up with the books I’m reading (like reading my picture journal on Instagram). Or, you could Tumbl(r) into my other blog (get it, GET IT I’M SO FUNNY GET IT). I’m also on Twitter if none of these be your thang as well as Facebook and YouTube (but I’m not actively updating it). Oh, also, Pinterest, the Destroyer of My Lunch Breaks. 

Peace, homies, and super-duper happy reading to you!